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RICS HomeBuyer Reports

The new RICS HomeBuyer Report is a service devised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and replaces the previous Homebuyer Survey and Valuation. It is a concise report presented in a standard format designed to alert the prospective purchaser to matters of significance affecting the property in question. The intention is to cover important and urgent matters needing attention and will not focus on minor issues. The report will include details of:  

  • The general condition of the property and type of construction.
  • Any major faults in accessible parts of the building which might affect value.
  • Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract.
  • Market value
  • Rebuilding cost for insurance purposes
Information is provided in simple straightforward form, easy to read and understand. Each element of the building is given a condition rating, with a traffic light allusion, in accordance with the severity of any problem.

The survey is most suitable for conventional properties built within the last, say, 120 years and which are in apparently reasonable condition. It is not suitable for large houses, nor those which are unusual by virtue of design or construction, nor those which have been converted, extended or altered significantly. Listed buildings are excluded.

More detailed description of this type of survey can be seen by clicking on Terms of Engagement.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has produced a guide designed to help the purchaser choose which type of survey to commission. Please click on Choosing between surveys.

Michael Roberts and Associates, Chartered Surveyors, carries out surveys (Building Surveys and Homebuyer Surveys) in the following areas of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire:

Arborfield, Binfield, Bracknell, Burghfield, Camberley, Caversham, Crowthorne, Earley, Eversley, Finchampstead, Henley, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Marlow, Mortimer, Pangbourne, Reading, Sandhurst, Shiplake, Sonning, Sonning Common, Theale, Tilehurst,
Twyford, Warfield, Wargrave, Winnersh, Wokingham, Woodcote, Woodley and Yateley


 Rev : 20th April 2010 © Michael Roberts 2006